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The early Apostolic Church set its seal of approval upon the ministering function of women, for in the records of the second century we find that women were solemnly ordained to a diaconate. While the appointment to the female diaconate excluded from the functions of public teaching and worship, it was considered co-equal with the male diaconate regarding the exercise of active charity.
History of Christianity
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Buchheimer, L. B.
"Highlights in the History of the Female Diaconate,"
Concordia Theological Monthly: Vol. 21, Article 27.
Available at: https://scholar.csl.edu/ctm/vol21/iss1/27